Public events, community functions, festivals and other activities
involving officers and staff of the
La Salle County Sheriff's Office


Cotulla High School Homecoming Parade
Thursday, Sept. 21


La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and his deputies and officers of the Cotulla Patrol Division as well as agents of the US Border Patrol were special guests at the Cotulla High School pep rally for the varsity football team in the CHS gymnasium on Friday morning, September 8, where they joined the cheers and presented the Spirit Stick to the senior class.

All that
you need

Students and parents thronged the AB Alexander Convention Center in Cotulla by the hundreds on Tuesday afternoon, August 1, for the annual La Salle County Back-to-School Health Fair, which included scores of booths hosted by health and wellness agencies, medical service providers, advocacy groups, local businesses, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders, and the energy industry, to help provide children with supplies for the new school year as well as valuable information for family wellness, diet and fitness, and resources for special services. All students attending the fair were given free backpacks, binders, pens and pencils, art supplies and other materials to help encourage them to begin the new academic year on a positive footing. Healthcare providers offered screening; a dental service offered free checkups; and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center hosted a blood drive at the same time. Following the fair, many attendees met again at Myers Memorial Stadium on the Cotulla High School campus for the annual Fun Walk & Run, which served to encourage outdoor exercise in a family-friendly environment.

Our time
to shine

Downtown Cotulla was decorated in full patriotic colors on Saturday, July 1, for the annual Independence Day parade and festival, hosted by the Cotulla Main Street Program. The parade at 10 a.m. included representatives of law enforcement and emergency responders, civic organizations, county government, City Hall and Main Street, ambassadors of La Salle County and Encinal, local businesses, and this year's grand marshal, Dr. Richard Hood, retired US Air Force colonel and veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The day's festivities continued at Veterans Park downtown with games, food and refreshments, live music including the Texas Tornados, Ricky Naranjo, and Elaine Garcia; and the traditional fireworks display above the La Salle County Courthouse.

Roll up,
roll up...
Place your

La Salle Sgt. Rickey Galvan is assisted by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and Deputy Juan Mirelez in taking bids from attendees at the public auction of abandoned and seized cars, trucks and vans for the benefit of the sheriff's office equipment fund on Friday morning, June 2, in Cotulla. Other items for sale included a frac tank trailer, scrap metal and a county-owned front-end loader.

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, May 24

Just days before his official retirement, US Border Patrol Agent in Charge Sammy Posada of the Cotulla Station carries the USBP pennant over the Nueces River Bridge into Cotulla (Left photo) at the front of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The Laredo - Cotulla stretch of the run ended at the bridge, where the Special Olympics torch was handed off to local law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, community members and students for the run through town (Photos this page). The torch run promotes awareness and raises funds for children attending Special Olympics Texas. Torches are carried through towns along major highways across the state to meet at Arlington. Funds are raised through sales of T-shirts and caps, penny drives, 'Tip-a-Cop' and other activities garnering public support.

This is who we are...

The annual Safety  ID Kit program hosted at Encinal Elementary and at Ramirez/Burks Elementary School in Cotulla on Thursday, May 18, by the Woman's Club of Cotulla and the La Salle County Sheriff's Office involved completing fingerprint cards for all of the school district's Kindergarten students. Taking part this year from the Woman's Club were Mildred Allen, Dorothy Kinsel, Liz Whitwell and Novella Byrd; the Sheriff's Office was represented by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Captain Jose Garcia, Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzales, and Investigator Homar Olivarez. Also assisting were Texas Ranger Randy Garcia; US Border Patrol Agent in Charge Sammy Posada, USBP Special Operations Supervisor Jose Gonzales, and Agents Manuel Sauceda and Victor Villarreal; Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez; Encinal Principal Louisa Franklin and staffmembers Carla Saldivar and Anabel Garcia; and the teachers and paraprofessionals of the Ramirez/Burks school. Children's completed ID kits are sent home to parents for use in the event of an accident or crisis, and include useful information for children's safety.

It's a
Egg Time
in Cotulla!

Welcome to the 5th annual Sheriff's Office Easter Egg Hunt, Thursday, April 13, at Veterans Park

Great Big Easter Fun

Welcome to the 5th annual Egg Hunt at Veterans Park in Encinal, Sunday, April 9, 2017

Children of all ages in Encinal gathered at the county park on Sunday afternoon, April 9, for the La Salle County Sheriff's Office fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt, which included fields of eggs with treats for different age groups and prize drawings for Easter baskets filled with toys and treats; bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards and riding toys. Gifts were made possible through donations by local residents, county government officials, local business sponsorships and contributions from companies doing business in the area. The popular event also included appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and the Easter Carrot.

Can you handle the juice?

La Salle County correctional officers underwent a training course at the Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Wednesday, April 12, in which they were subjected to doses of OC pepper spray before facing a human obstacle course in a simulated intervention involving the eventual take-down and handcuffing of a subject. The course instructed by the Alamo Area Council of Governments served to expose the jailers to a standard dose of the non-lethal propellant that is used to suppress aggressive subjects.

Visit the county's newest fire truck for Encinal

The latest addition to the fleet of emergency response vehicles operated by the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS was put on display in front of the county courthouse Monday afternoon, April 3, by Fire Chief Les Simmons and his firefighter crew. The county's new pumper truck features a number of optional extras, including quick-deploying hoses, hand tools and other devices readily available for use in an emergency. The fire brigade has also secured purchase of new hydraulic and battery-powered portable extrication devices, the Jaws of Life, through its recent equipment purchase. Priced at more than $800,000, the new fire engine will be deployed to the county's new fire station in Encinal, in order to provide fast response in the southern portion of the county. Monday's visitors at the demonstration included La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez, Commissioners Raul Ayala, Erasmo Ramirez, Jack Alba and Noel Niavez; County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and officers; county government and elected officials, County Attorney Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Assessor Dora Gonzales, County Clerk Margie Esqueda and Treasurer Thelma Trevino, and Eagle Ford Consortium Chairman Leodoro Martinez.

Bonjour, tout le monde...

Welcome to the "Piggies in Paris" Cotulla Wild Hog Cook-Off Parade
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Community members celebrated Wild Hog Weekend in humorous French style this year with a 'Piggies in Paris' theme. Saturday's parade featured Grand Marshal Mike Whitwell, former NFL player for the Cleveland Browns, and his wife Jamie, as well as Native American veterans, high school bands from Cotulla and Dilley, McGruff the Crimefighting Dog, and scores of civic, church and student groups, Fair Queens, businesses, law enforcement and emergency responders.
(Photos: Esmeralda Gonzales) 

Ready for the road

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez (Photo left) rallies his officers for an inspection and briefing shortly before the start of the annual Wild Hog Cook-Off Parade through downtown Cotulla on Saturday morning, March 11. The senior officers, deputies and reserve deputies spent the day patrolling the county fairgrounds during the festival.

That girl can hunt...

La Salle County Deputy Cesar Villarreal was the willing test subject for a training session with County Constable Rene Maldonado and his K9 Officer, Ellie, at the county impound yard on Friday, March 3. The dog demonstrated how she will take down a suspect on command and how she responds to threats.

The way we do things

La Salle County Sheriff's Deputy and Courthouse Bailiff Eddie De Leon (photo, right) traveled to Crystal City on Thursday, February 23, to meet Zavala County Bailiff Joe Flores for an analysis of the facility's security measures and means by which law enforcement may enhance protection for public safety in the building and in the courtroom itself. The La Salle bailiff's visit was made in a renewed spirit of cooperation between neighboring law enforcement agencies and to share resources in training and experience. La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and Zavala County Sheriff Eusebio Salinas Jr. arranged the meeting.